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Antigua: Dangerous pesticide still being sold on black market years after ban

The Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) says although the insecticide known locally as “3-steps” or Tres Pastois has been banned for over 10 years in Antigua and Barbuda, the Board continues to receive reports and sees cases where the item is sold on the black market.

According to PTCCB, 3-steps, which is often used as a rodenticide and contains the active ingredient Aldicarb – for which there is no antidote – is highly toxic to humans and pets.

Registrar of Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals within the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, Jonah Ormond, told our newsroom that in the interest of public safety it is important to remind people that 3-steps is a prohibited substance.

“We are still seeing incidents in the public where people are using it and selling it on the black market or the underground, so we believe that there is a need to advise people or remind them that it is a banned substance and that it could pose a risk or a hazard to human health and the environment,” Ormond stated.

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